Though racial issues have longtime plagued America, they’ve risen to public conversation in a much-needed way this year. Adding to the rapidly growing list of shameful events, a group of vandals in a Virginia suburb have now defaced a school historically known for educating Black children.
First established in 1892, the Ashburn Colored School served as a free, public institution for Black men and women in Ashburn, Virginia, before closing nearly 65 years later. Just recently, the school began undergoing renovations through a community outreach program, to help restore the building and transform it into an educational museum. Now, as the Old School was undergoing restorations, these vandals spray painted swastikas and “White Power” messages all over its facade.
“While we are heartbroken about this senseless act, please know that our students, volunteers and community will work even harder to complete the dream of renovating the Ashburn Colored School,” the group posted on its Facebook.
Phyllis J. Randall, chairwoman of Loudoun County’s board of supervisors, also commented on the vandalism, adding, “Now is the time for our county to rise above retaliation or revenge. As a county, we will send a message that this behavior is neither welcomed or tolerated in Loudoun. This is not Loudoun.”
Donate to help rehabilitation efforts for the Ashburn Old School, here.